Results of the MAPS Observational Study: Ibogaine in the Treatment of Substance Dependence

Thomas Kingsley Brown, Ph.D

I will discuss an ongoing study, funded by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which is an observational study of long-term outcomes for people who’ve been treated with ibogaine at clinics in Baja California, Mexico. I will also discuss some life narratives of people treated with ibogaine: their reasons for seeking ibogaine treatment, their experiences of the ibogaine treatment itself, and the impact the treatment has had on their quality of life. The latter discussion will be based in large part on interviews of people who are not part of the current MAPS study; most of these people were interviewed at a clinic in Baja California and then interviewed by telephone periodically after their treatment.

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Tom Kingsley Brown, Ph.D. is has been working for the past two years on a study, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, of ibogaine treatment for opiate dependence. He is also employed by the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). His academic study has ranged from chemistry to neuroscience and psychology and, most recently, anthropology. He is originally from Pennsylvania and now resides in San Diego, California with his partner and their two boys.

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